3 John 1:1-14
I want to try to share with you the message I believe God has for us in this brief little letter. I John was written to a group of Christians. II John was written to a Christian woman and her children. III John was written to an individual Christian.
As you read the little book of III John you will notice that there are three church members given to us in these verses. The message is going to be built around our studies of these three church members.
The first one is in verse 1 - a man named Gaius. The second one is in verse 9 - a man named Diotrephes. The third one is in verse 13 - a man named Demetrius. These are not the kind of names you would name your sons today. But in those days they were very common names. You found these names mentioned frequently in Greek literature. They were three flesh and blood men. Men who actually lived.
In these men I believe God has a message to our hearts tonight. As we deal with these three men we will deal with the substance of this letter.
The first of these men I call -
I. Commendable Gaius.
The letter is written specifically to him and here's how John introduces the letter to him. ''The elder unto the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things (concerning all things) that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.''
The elder there is a reference to the Apostle John. John was a pastor of the church of Ephesus for many years. In the closing years of his ministry, before he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos and received the vision of God which is the book of Revelation in your Bible. But John was an elder, a bishop, a pastor. There are three words in the New Testament that are used interchangeably to refer to the same office in the local church. The term, pastor, is used and that means one who feeds the flock of God. The shepherd, the one who gives the sheep of God the good food of the Word. There is the wor ...
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